Author:  Brandon Aberle Posted:  08/15/2018 Category:  

Legionnaires’ disease is on the rise. The CDC reported over 6,100 cases of Legionnaires’ disease, a severe and often lethal form of pneumonia, in 20161. Its less potent cousin, Pontiac Fever, also affects many people each year. It is widely suspected, however, that both of these diseases are underdiagnosed. Some even speculate that there could be more than 100,000 cases occurring in the US alone. There is a general public perception that Legionnaires’ disease is rare. In fact, I suspect that if you stopped passersby on the street, the vast majority couldn’t even tell you what it is. This could    Read More

Author:  Brandon Aberle Posted:  07/18/2018 Category:  

Don’t fix it. Ironically, SDS-PAGE (sodium dodecyl sulfate–polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis) has been around longer than the phrase.1 It’s hard to imagine a scientific process that has been relatively unchanged in more than fifty years; a process that predates the pocket calculator and man’s first steps on the moon. Nevertheless, this protein analysis procedure has been used for nearly five decades as a quick, cost-effective assay. Since SDS-PAGE is covered in great detail in many other places, we’ll just share the short version with you. In brief, it is a process by which proteins are separated by their molecular weight for    Read More

Author:  Brandon Aberle Posted:  06/18/2018 Category:  

It’s October, 1793 in the capital city of Philadelphia. The stars equal the stripes on the flag of the fledgling United States and George Washington is at the onset of his second term. Almost ten percent of the city’s residents are dead or dying and a third of the population has fled. Thomas Jefferson writes to James Madison that everyone who could escape the city was doing so.1 An invisible and unknown scourge has plagued the city and the surrounding countryside. Early theories by Benjamin Rush, a local physician who penned his name on the Declaration of Independence, supposed the    Read More

Author:  Brandon Aberle Posted:  04/17/2018 Category:  

When one hears the name “Bill Gates” the first thought is most often that of a technology pioneer and philanthropist. Unarguably one of the most generous persons of this generation, his primary charity, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been spearheading HIV/AIDS research and prevention since the early 2000s. Gates pledged in 20161 to further infuse his African economic project with an additional $5 billion. Though not the only charity involved in this fight, it’s hard to ignore the impact the foundation has had. As you would expect, the correlation between global activism to prevent, treat and research HIV/AIDS    Read More

Author:  Brandon Aberle Posted:  07/14/2017 Category:  

During this year’s Clinical Virology Symposium (CVS), our own Thomas Parks presented a poster entitled “Quantification of HPV in Caski and HeLa cell lines by a chip-based digital PCR”.  His poster was very well received with good discussion points by the CVS audience in Savannah, Georgia.  Session II of the program included the informative topic: ‘Molecular Tests for Diagnosis of Human Papillomaviruses Infections’, and HPV was the subject of many posters. Tom’s poster is attached for your reference. Posters were viewed in the combined Exhibit & Poster Hall and numerous enough to have presentations span three evenings. The receptions were    Read More

Author:  Amber Aberle Posted:  12/27/2016 Category:  

Author:  ABI Online Posted:  09/18/2015 Category:  

As flu season approaches, our influenza standard products are available for your viral needs. Read More

Author:  ABI Online Posted:  09/04/2015 Category:  

By – Randall Whitman, President, Advanced Biotechnologies Inc Another Labor Day Weekend is upon us.  I have to admit that for most of my life it has just been a holiday that marked the end of the summer.  Usually I don’t want to go anywhere for this holiday since, no matter if I choose to go west to the mountains, or east to the ocean, the traffic is horrific. This year I’m not going anywhere either. But I am definitely looking forward to not laboring on Labor Day.  It’s been a very busy year.  I’ve worked hard, and it’s good    Read More

Author:  abionline Posted:  08/22/2014 Category:  

By Collin Myers, Technical Writer/Marketing Assistant The World Health Organization (WHO) has released figures showing that the recent outbreak of Ebola Virus has killed 1,013 people and infected 1,848. Outdated, traditional methods of suppressing the virus, such as wearing protective gear and contact tracing, have been mostly ineffective. But perhaps the biggest factor in the recent spread of Ebola has more to do with economic issues than medical and health care-related anomalies, as the virus has been ravaging poor villages in Western Africa, leading WHO and other worldwide medical and scientific organizations to question the method of treatment and the    Read More